Four times in the Book of Revelation Jesus says, “I come quickly”. Nowhere else in the Bible does He say this. Each time He says “I come quickly” He follows it up with a promise for those who keep Him and His word. The one exceptions is the last time he says it.
“Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.” (Revelation 3:11)
“Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book.” (Revelation 22:7)
“And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.” (Revelation 22:12)
“He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.” (Revelation 22:20).
It is John who responds to the, “I come quickly” with, “Even so, come, Lord Jesus”. But what is John responding to? What does “I come quickly” mean?
Jesus here in Revelations has been talking about His return. I come quickly means that it will be without delay. The very beginning of Revelations starts off with the same message.
“The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John” (Revelations 1:1)
“Must shortly come to pass” means the same thing as “I come quickly” or without delay.
Well if Jesus is coming without delay then why hasn’t he returned? Why has some two thousand years gone by and we haven’t seen Him yet?
“But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.” (2 Peter 3:8-13).
When the fullness of times has arrived and all things are accomplished, then Jesus shall promptly and without delay return back to earth. The Day of Judgment will be at hand. Jesus will not return a second before or be a second late. When it is time Jesus will return and as He said, “I come quickly”.
John seems less concerned with the speed of Christ return just as long as He does return. “Even so, come, Lord Jesus”. We’ve all cried that cry and prayed that prayer. “Lord Come!!!” We , like John are ready for the New Jerusalem, the New Heavens!
Yes Lord come!
I Come Quickly